What You Need to Know 

In early October, Hurricane Matthew battered parts of Haiti, making it the worst natural disaster to hit the poor island nation since the 2010 earthquake. More than 1,000 people were killed, and an additional 1.4 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian aid. One of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is struggling to provide relief to those affected by the hurricane, many of whom have lost their homes and are seeking refuge in temporary shelters. One of the most pressing concerns right now is a lack of drinkable water, which many fear will hasten the spread of cholera, dengue fever and other water-borne diseases.

How Hurricane Matthew Affects Children in Haiti 

There are an estimated four million children put at risk by Hurricane Matthew. The children most at risk are those displaced from their homes. Heavy rains and strong winds have destroyed or damaged 90 percent of homes in the worst-affected areas, forcing more than 175,000 people—including many children—to seek refuge in temporary shelters. At the shelters, there is a significant lack of food and drinkable water. As with all crises, children remain the most vulnerable.

How SOS Children’s Villages Is Responding 

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting vulnerable children in Haiti since 1978. In Les Cayes, Haiti, one of the areas hit hardest by the hurricane, we run a program to support hundreds of at-risk families. In Les Cayes, we plan to open new emergency centers that will provide immediate assistance to hundreds of hurricane-affected families, including our existing beneficiaries.

Our planned services include:  
  • Food and clean water, especially for farming families whose crops were destroyed
  • Sanitation and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of diseases
  • Daycare centers that provide safe spaces, recreational activities and healthy lunches
  • Reconstruction of homes and rehabilitation of damaged farming land

How You Can Help 

Please give generously today to support children in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. You can also sponsor a child at one of our SOS Villages in Haiti.



Sources: UNICEF, OCHA